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Monday, May 24 2010

Forever Meddling: An Interview with Blake Judd of Nachtmystium

The leader of Nachtmystium and Twilight finds himself at a creative peak with the release of two major new albums that give the finger to genre purists.

Sunday, May 23 2010

Souvenirs: The Enduring Appeal of John Prine

The time feels right for not just another live album, but for a long overdue John Prine tribute record. This summer, we get both.

Monday, May 17 2010

Fear of a Rap Parody

Underrated in the annals of hip-hop cinema, Rusty Cundieff's Fear of a Black Hat is biting and unflinching, and forces hip-hop fans to stare soberly at the culture's flaws and to revisit their own reasons for loving the music.

Friday, May 14 2010

Happy Mondays, the Court Jesters of Madchester

The Happy Mondays were the court jesters of Madchester, infusing the unfettered carnival spirit of rave culture into their own craftily disheveled music, lyrics, and sleeve designs, while simultaneously leading the sweating masses into a new and vibrant artistic renaissance.

Wednesday, May 12 2010

Paranoid Android: Is Music the Opiate of the iPod-Owning Masses?

Wherein our curmudgeonly record shop owner realizes that his store with its bins full of vinyl was his own personal iPod long before the iPod was ever invented.

Monday, May 10 2010

‘Cause Who Would Hear Me Scream? A Faith No More Mixtape for the Joker

One could almost make the case that the four Faith No More albums produced during the Mike Patton era were written for the Joker.

Sunday, May 9 2010

So, Taylor Swift, How Far Do You Wanna Go?

Taylor Swift’s Fearless tour in Kansas City saw her go so far as to perform a mid-song hug-a-thon with her audience -- rather like a presidential candidate working the crowd -- except, as my brother said, “I went to a John Kerry rally, and he didn’t hug anybody.”

Friday, April 30 2010

Things We Were Due to Forget: The Cold Undertow of Minimal Waves

When a music such as minimal wave “comes back”, it forces us to think about its lifeline, particularly its death. Yet what does it mean to relive a memory that we never even had?

Sunday, April 25 2010

Soundscape Mix #5: Alternative Tentacles

The music and spoken word of Alternative Tentacles proved that revolutionary activity could be more than another of life's grinds. You can change the world, and have a fun time doing it. Download our latest free mixtape.

Wednesday, April 21 2010

It’s Not Who You Know, It’s What You Do with Who You Know

Bassist and composer Dave Holland has been making adventurous, melodic jazz for 40 years with the likes of Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny and many others.

Tuesday, April 20 2010

Isn’t This Where We Came In?

Have you ever combined the first and last sentence of a novel or a song? The results are often amusing, and sometimes revelatory.

Monday, April 19 2010

Cathedral: Keep ‘em Guessing

Instead of carrying on with the same old doom metal, Cathedral mastermind Lee Dorrian decided to pull out all the stops. The result is a lavish double album that will befuddle some and enthrall many.

Sunday, April 18 2010

Greil Marcus on Van Morrison: When That Rough God Goes Riding

This is the story of a burly monk in shades, of flesh chasing the divine, of a voice ecstatic in southern blues and gospel and Celtic mysticism.

Wednesday, April 14 2010

Pour Some Sugarland on Me: Why Country Music Is the New Classic Rock

Question: Since everyone seems to love the big arena-rock of the '80s, why don't they make records like that anymore? Answer: They do. It's called country music, now.

The Revival: A Declaration for Female Emcees

Hip-hop needs a women's movement ala Seneca Falls. The Declaration of Sentiments used the Declaration of Independence as its structural model (in hip-hop we call that "sampling").

Thursday, April 8 2010

Will Hoge Survives the Wreckage

It never entered his mind that he wouldn’t tour again, but after the accident, Will Hoge was eager just to walk again.

Wednesday, April 7 2010

Soundscape Mix #4: Zombies

Zombies are a lot of things to a lot of people. At once mystical and tragic, there is just something about them that transcends the horror film and video game genres.

Wednesday, March 31 2010

Ceasuri Rele: The “Dark Times” of Negură Bunget

After an acrimonious split, Romania's Negură Bunget has returned with a revamped line-up and a slew of new material, only to face questions about the band's credibility from fans and ex-members alike.

Tuesday, March 30 2010

Sinnin’ and Sin-Eatin’ Southern Rock

Bands like Southern Culture on the Skids and the Legendary Shack Shakers do their best to preserve a sense of Southern character.

Monday, March 29 2010

Ain’t No Cure for the Digital Virus

How I came to love electronic music... I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell looped and thrown over a 4/4 or broken beat with a bad ass bass line.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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